Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) and Deep Down (OTCMKTS:DPDW) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.


This table compares Weatherford International Plc and Deep Down’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weatherford International Plc -53.49% -65.33% -10.11%
Deep Down 6.51% 7.27% 6.26%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Weatherford International Plc and Deep Down, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weatherford International Plc 1 6 18 0 2.68
Deep Down 0 0 0 0 N/A

Weatherford International Plc presently has a consensus price target of $6.15, suggesting a potential upside of 80.93%. Given Weatherford International Plc’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Weatherford International Plc is more favorable than Deep Down.

Risk and Volatility

Weatherford International Plc has a beta of 2.45, meaning that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Deep Down has a beta of -0.1, meaning that its share price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Weatherford International Plc and Deep Down’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Weatherford International Plc $5.51 billion 0.61 -$256.00 million ($3.19) -1.07
Deep Down $26.05 million 0.53 $3.07 million $0.10 9.10

Deep Down has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Weatherford International Plc. Weatherford International Plc is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Deep Down, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.0% of Deep Down shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Weatherford International Plc shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Weatherford International Plc

Weatherford International Ltd. (Weatherford) is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies providing innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates in over 90 countries and has a network of approximately 860 locations, including manufacturing, service, research and development, and training facilities and employs approximately 29,500 people.

About Deep Down

Deep Down, Inc. is engaged in the oilfield services industry. The Company operates through Deep Down Delaware segment. The Company is a provider of specialized services to the offshore energy industry to support deep water and ultra-deep water exploration, development and production of oil and gas, and other maritime operations. It also produces custom engineered products that assist it in fulfilling service objectives for specific projects on a contractual basis. The Company designs and manufactures deep water and ultra-deep water, surface and offshore equipment solutions, which are used by independent and foreign national oil and gas companies in offshore areas across the world. The Company provides engineering and management services, including the design, installation and retrieval of subsea equipment and systems, connection and termination operations, well-commissioning services, as well as construction support and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations support.

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